When it comes to delicious, smoky barbecue sauce, it doesn’t get much better than this recipe.
With a combination of savory, smoky flavors, including smoked paprika and chipotle pepper, this homemade sauce will give your barbecue an amazing, unique flavor that will have your taste buds dancing. Not only is this sauce incredibly delicious, it also has the perfect balance of sweet and smoky.
The smooth, tangy tomato base provides a great backdrop for the bold smokiness of the paprika and the kick of the chipotle pepper.
And the best part? This sauce can be whipped up in no time and can be stored away in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
So get ready to treat your taste buds and whip up this smoky BBQ sauce.
Gather Your Ingredients
To make a smoky BBQ sauce, you’ll need to gather the following ingredients:
- Worcester Sauce
- Apple cider vinegar
- Brown sugar
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Smoked paprika
- Chili powder, and
- Cayenne pepper.
- Measure out each ingredient, making sure to combine them in the correct amounts. Once you’ve gathered all of your ingredients, you’ll be ready to move on to the next step.
- Mix the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke, garlic powder, onion powder and sugar in a bowl.
- Simmer the sauce over low heat for 15 minutes. This cooking time is crucial as it gives the flavors time to blend and fully develop. Additionally, the low heat ensures that the sauce doesn’t overcook and lose flavor. Stir the sauce occasionally while it simmers to prevent it from burning or sticking to the bottom of the pot. After 15 minutes the sauce should be thickened, glossy, and full of smoky flavor!
Adjust the seasonings to taste
Finally, it’s time to adjust the seasonings to taste! Add additional salt and pepper, or other spices like garlic powder, cayenne pepper, or smoked paprika to give the sauce a little more kick.
Taste the sauce and adjust the seasonings as needed until it’s perfect. You can also add a bit of honey or brown sugar for sweetness, or a splash of vinegar for acidity. Once you’re happy with the flavor, your smoky BBQ sauce is ready to be enjoyed!
You can use the sause right away or, alternatively you can let the sauce cool before storing it in an airtight container
Letting the sauce cool will prevent any steam from building up in the container, which could cause spoilage over time. The cooling process should take about 15-20 minutes, depending on how hot the sauce was when it was finished cooking but, once the sauce has cooled, if transferred to an airtight container you can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Overall, smoky BBQ sauce is a delicious and versatile condiment that can be used to enhance a variety of dishes. The recipe shared in this blog post is simple and easy to follow, yet yields a delicious and flavorful sauce. Whether you’re looking for a dip for your favorite wings, a marinade for your ribs, or just a topping for your burgers, smoky BBQ sauce is the perfect accompaniment. Give this recipe a try, and you’ll never go back to store-bought sauces again.